Susan Morrissey Ledyard
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Susan Morrissey Ledyard

- - Our beloved Susan died on July 23rd. Her passing is mourned by the many friends and family who knew and loved her.

Susan was born in West Chester, PA to Jack and Serena Morrissey. She was the wife of Benjamin Ledyard. She loved him and, in turn, was loved dearly. Ben and Susan made their home in Wilmington, DE.

Susan is a graduate of Upland Country Day School, The Tatnall School, Georgetown University, and San Francisco State University where she received a Master's Degree in Education. She taught English for a year in the former Czechoslovakia, and later at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA. After returning to the Delaware Valley, Susan began teaching Language Arts at Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, PA. She taught there for the last 13 years.

Susan was a gifted teacher--respected by her peers, loved by her students. She was a master of the English language and a voracious reader. Ever the bookworm, she combined that with a love of the outdoors. Nothing made her happier than sitting on the Stone Harbor beach with a good book.

Susan was a thinker, a debater and a warrior for the rights of all people. She was not a fan of the Oxford comma and did not suffer pretensions gladly. She was also a daughter, sister, spouse, aunt, and proud step-mom. Her love for her family and friends ran deep. Friendships were measured in decades, not years.

Along with her husband and parents, Susan is survived by step-daughters Amory and Alexandra Ledyard, sisters Serena (Missy) Morrissey and Meg Morrissey Heinicke, brother John P. Morrissey Jr., brother-in-law Malcolm Heinicke, nieces Charlotte and Greta Heinicke and nephew Alexander Heinicke.

We are grateful for the fifty years we had with Susan, and we'll miss her wit, wisdom and humor. We love you Susan. Our lives will not be the same without you.

The family is planning to host a Celebration of Susan in August. Donations in her name may be made to the ACLU of Delaware at 100 W.10th Street, Suite 706 Wilmington, DE 19801 or

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Published in The News Journal on Jul. 29, 2019.
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November 14, 2019
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Claire Sarlis
October 6, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the family. I only had the chance to talk to her a few times at teacher meetings about my son at Academy Park . The last time I saw her just passing by at the school she said , my son Brandon was a total gentleman and one of the most respectful students she had. She also told me I did a great job raising him up right, she always seemed to have nice things to say and always was available for extra help for kids who needed it. We were both very sad about this terrible loss of such a wonderful person and teacher .
Mr. Ashley Gusko
August 14, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Thomas and Rita McMullen
August 10, 2019
Dear Ms. Ledyard, you truly will be missed by me! We shared some time together this past school year during D-lunches. Even when correcting a student, you did it graciously, with a smile! My heart is broken for your family! May the Good Lord Jesus keep you, and your loved ones who are left saddened at their great loss. Love, Mrs. Lewis
Francisca Luallen-Lewis
August 9, 2019
Susan's spirit will live on in the hundreds of students she has taught. Thank you for touching so many lives in the time you were here. The world is a better place because of you. Thank you, Susan.
July 29, 2019
A beautiful, Kind, SMART, wonderful, genuine and cool girl.Helped many others learn many things.... Not many people like Susan. Gold bless her and hers. A shining light, peace to her always.
Melissa Burke
July 29, 2019
I don't know where to start. I just cannot believe that you are gone. Your death has devastated many. Such a wonderful person you were, Mrs. Ledyard.

You were so full of life. You were a person full of grand wisdom, vast knowledge, and pure unconditional love. You've impacted so many lives.

Your time here wasn't up. You still had places to go, people to meet, young minds to teach, and people to love.

It's not fair. But life is never fair.

You've given, taught, and done so much for me, and so many others. I will never get to repay you for all you've done for me.

But... Thank you. Thank you for everything. You will be missed.

Rest In Peace, Mrs. Ledyard.
Nicholas "Nick" Manus
July 29, 2019
I am still reeling from the news. Although I hadn't seen Susan since college, I have followed her adventures through FB and they always made me smile. She was a dear friend, a wonderful roommate, and an impressive intellectual. Susan always had an extra spark and vitality about her. I always meant to reach out and catch up. Now it is too late. Rest in peace, Susan.
Alison Almasian
July 29, 2019
You were definitely one of the best teachers I had in AP. You were awesome and funny and such a down to earth person and the whole AP family will miss you
Cecily C
July 29, 2019
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July 29, 2019
I had the pleasure as a secretary to work with Susan at Academy Park HS. She was a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with her family
Marianne French
July 29, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you always!
Much love you will be missed greatly
Rachel Wyatt
July 29, 2019
I had the honor and pleasure of being Susan's principal at Academy Park High School for four great years. I chose her as our Language Arts teaching coach because she had a gift for teaching and especially for modeling great teaching to other adults. She made my job so much easier. For her family I can only offer the eternal truth that teachers touch the lives of generations of young people. Her influence on them will continue long after her life has ended. My prayers and condolences are with her family and friends.
ALan Johnson
July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019
I know there are no words to ease your pain. I so wish there were. Susan's family and friends are in my heart. Such a loss!
Gloria Hawkes
July 28, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. God bless you all. Gentle hugs.
Ellie Glaccum
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